You've heard about Open Access and publishing, right? It's a big discussion point in research circles, hightened by the recent Cost of Knowlege  campaign, during which researchers around the world pledged to boycott publishing bohemoth Elsevier. But have you really thought about why Open Access is so important, not just to academia, but to society more broadly?
PhD comics released this fantastic animation during the recent Open Access Week , and it explains the issues around, and consequences of, scholarly publishing remaining in the traditional, restricted access, paywall model. Check it out.